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> Not compeltely related to article but I've often heard that banks argue that COBOL is more reliable and maintainable then any "modern" language.

What I've usually heard is that code that already exists and has been demonstrated in many years of use to work correctly in COBOL is more reliable and less costly to maintain in COBOL than the alternative of replacing working components with something in a modern language when new business requirements required a change.

Having been involved in a big-bang replacement of a large, working COBOL system with a from-scratch .NET solution, I'm not unsympathetic to this argument.

I've never heard the argument (though perhaps its been made somewhere) that COBOL is, for a clean slate project, more reliable or maintainable.

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